The Alkmaarderhout or Alkmaarder Hout, more commonly known as "De Hout" (Dutch for "the wood(s)"), in Alkmaar is the oldest city park in the Netherlands, dating from 1607. From 1948 to 2006, it was the location of a multi-purpose stadium of the same name that was the home ground of Eredivisie football team AZ. The stadium had a capacity of 8,914 people. In 2006 it was replaced by the new, state of the art DSB Stadion, and it was knocked down the same year. The final game at the Hout was an exhibition game between two AZ selections, one captained by Michael Buskermolen and the other by Barry van Galen, both of whom retired after that game.
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